Chicago has been fortunate to have had Christopher Bell as the chorus director of the Grant Park Music Festival for the past fifteen years. Amongst the community of singers, he is renowned for his sense of humor and eccentric personal style while being the most respected (maybe even feared) conductor of a Chicago-based professional chorus for his exacting musicianship. The high-level music making Bell accomplishes in the "off-season" makes audiences wish he could be a year-round fixture. Unfortunately for Chicagoans, Bell is already artistic director of the National Youth Choir of Scotland (the ensemble which he founded), chorus master of the Edinburgh Festival Chorus, and the recently appointed artistic director of The Washington Chorus.
Christopher Bell and the Grant Park Chorus give two free satellite performances of the Rachmaninov Vespers as part of the city's Night Out in the Parks series. Find them at the beautiful South Shore Cultural Center and the Columbus Park Refectory.